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Paula Wild goes on tour with 'The Cougar'!

Paula Wild goes on tour with 'The Cougar'!

September 2013

Meet Paula Wild, author of The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous as she goes on tour across Vancouver Island and to Vancouver this fall. She will be giving slideshow presentations about our evolving relationship with the enigmatic predator, as well as book signings, at the following locations (check back here for updates!):

Courtenay – BOOK LAUNCH - Courtenay and District Museum (207 Fourth Street) on Saturday, October 5 from 2pm to 4pm. Free admission, refreshments provided. For more info, call the museum at: 250.334.0686.

Nanaimo - Nanaimo Museum (100 Museum Way), on Saturday, October 12 from 2pm to 3:30pm. For more info, call: 250-753-1821. Free admission.

Campbell River – Campbell River Library (1240 Shoppers Row), on Thursday, October 17 starting at 6:30pm, with book sales by Coho Books. Free admission. For more info, call Coho Books at: 250-287-2336.

Quadra Island - The Quadra Island Community Centre (970 West Road), on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm. This event is sponsored by the Quadra Island Sierra Club, with books for sale by Book Bonanza. Doors open at 7pm, admission is by donation, and refreshments will be provided. For more info, call Book Bonanza at: 250-285-3665.

Qualicum Beach - Paula will be giving a book signing at Mulberry Bush Bookstore's Qualicum Beach location (130 West 2nd Avenue) on Thursday, October 24 from 11am to noon, to be followed by a slideshow presentation at the Qualicum Beach Library (660 Primrose) from 2pm to 3pm. Free admission. For more info, call Mulberry Bush Bookstore at: 250-752-9722.

Parksville - Parksville Library (100 Jensen Ave E) on Thursday, October 24 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, with book sales by Mulberry Bush Bookstore. Free admission. For more info, call Mulberry Bush Bookstore at: 250-248-1193.

Victoria – BOOK SIGNING ONLY – Munro’s Books (1108 Government St) on Saturday, November 9 from 2pm to 3pm. Free admission. For more info, call Munro’s at: 250-382-2464.

Vancouver – Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch (350 West Georgia Street) on Monday, November 4 from 7pm to 9pm. This event is in conjunction with the Felidae Conservation Fund, who will also be giving a presentation. Free admission.

Chances are, anyone who spends time in the woods in cougar country has been close to a cougar, whether they knew it or not. It can be a scary thought, especially combined with the lengthy history of recorded encounters that have occurred on Vancouver Island in the last two hundred years or more, many of which are told in Paula Wild’s The Cougar. There are tales of bounty hunters like the infamous Cougar Annie who shot a cougar on her seventy-third birthday; attack stories like that of the woman living in a logging camp in the ’50s who was attacked two separate times by the same cougar in one day, it had so fixated on her as prey; and surprising accounts of encounters occurring where you’d least expect it, like the parking garage at the Empress Hotel in Victoria.

However, as Wild says in The Cougar, “co-existing with cougars isn’t about fear, it’s about knowledge.” Through a skillful blend of natural history, scientific research and many first-hand accounts, along with amazing photos and detailed information on what to do in the case of a cougar encounter, Wild explores what makes this animal that has both fascinated and frightened Vancouver Islanders throughout history so beautiful, so dangerous, and why cougars remain such an important and valuable part of our environment.

Paula Wild is the author of several books, including One River, Two Cultures, The Comox Valley and Sointula: Island Utopia, winner of a B.C. Historical Federation Certificate of Merit. She has also written for numerous periodicals, including Beautiful British Columbia, Reader’s Digest and Canada’s History Magazine. She lives in Courtenay, B.C. with her partner, Rick James.

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